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Arthur Ernest GUYATT

Regimental number2828
Date of birth30 November 1884
Place of birthBeaufort, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressBeaufort, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 10"
Weight157 lbs
Next of kinMother, Margaritta Guyatt, Waterloo, Beaufort, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date5 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 27 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Divisional Salvage Company
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Meritorious Service Medal

Recommendation date: 15 April 1917

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)

Meritorious Service Medal

'On the afternoon of 6th April, 1917 Private FAHY, who was one of the party engaged on salvage operations at Quarry was seen by the others to throw up his arms and disappear in the ground. On running over, Privates Catherwood and Guyatt found that FAHY had broken through a thin crust of ground into a hole about 12 feet deep. He called out to them that he was being gassed. A rope was hastily brought but by this time FAHY was unconscious not having been able to put on the respirator that was thrown down to him. Private CATHERWOOD, fastening a wire around his chest, went down, but before he could get the rope fastened around FAHY he himself was overcome and had to be hauled up. Private FAHY died with recovering consciousness, although he was taken at once to the Field Ambulance close by and oxygen administered. The Doctor's certificate put death down as due to mine gas poisoning. Private CATHERWOOD was off duty for two days from the effects of the gas and Private GUYATT was also affected and was unfit for duty the following day. The gas helmets and box respirators afford no protection against mine gas. The danger of the rescue work was made greater owing to the peculiar shape of the hole, the top and sides of which were liable to fall in at any time and bury those in the bottom.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 174
Date: 11 October 1917

Discharge date11 May 1920
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Joined 14th Bn, Ismailia, 8 January 1916.

Admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, 10 January 1916; transferred to No 3 Australian Convalescent Depot, Cairo, 11 January 1916 (throat throuble); to Australian General Hospital, Cairo, 11 January 1916 (tonsilitis); discharged to Convalescent Depot, Ghezireh, 18 January 1916.

Rejoined Bn, Tel el Kebir, 5 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 1 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 8 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 8 July 1916 gun shot wound, ankle), and admitted to 4th Field Ambulance, and transferred to 1st Casualty Clearing Station; to 8th Stationary Hospital, Wimereux, 9 July 1916; to England, 10 July 1916

Married Mary Ellen WUNDERLEY, widow, aged 29, Parish Church, Gorton, Manchester, 11 January 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Port Napier', 23 December 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 10 February 1920; discharged, Melbourne, 11 May 1920.

Medals: Meritorious Service Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death attributed to War Service.
Date of death26 February 1933
Age at death49
Place of burialBeaufort Cemetery, Victoria
SourcesNAA: B2455, GUYATT Arthur Ernest

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